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Real Spacecraft
Discuss actual spacecraft either past, present or future (prototypes).
Hosted by David Myres
Airfix Vostok 1
British Columbia, Canada
Joined: September 03, 2009
KitMaker: 6,896 posts
ModelGeek: 25 posts
Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013 - 04:43 PM UTC
This is the Airfix R-7 rocket with multiple payloads. It's not the most accurate kit in the world, but it was fun to put together. The central booster stage is about 1 cm too short, and worse, the 4 strap-on boosters are too narrow by about a quarter of the correct diameter. This results in the rocket looking much too top-heavy. But you really can't blame Airfix too much; the Iron Curtain was firmly down at the time the kit was first tooled.
First, the Luna probe payload:

Next, Vostok 1

A fairly rough-and-ready Soyuz, also not terribly accurate. If we're dividing rabbits, the boosters should also have orange bands matching the one on the second stage. At the very minimum this should have etched stabilizing grids rather than the moulded-on plastic shapes.

Finally, all 3 payloads on the display stand:
Tennessee, United States
Joined: September 20, 2005
KitMaker: 1,747 posts
ModelGeek: 50 posts
Posted: Monday, July 22, 2013 - 05:42 PM UTC
Very nice Jessica! It is fun to build some spacecraft now and then, and truly, "slip the surly bonds of Earth". LOL Russell